Happy Mardi Gras! The Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony hosted by Lord Mayor Clover Moore at Sydney Town Hall is the first official welcoming event of the Festival each year.
The rainbow flag originated in San Francisco in 1978 and was designed by artist Gilbert Baker for the Californian city's Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade. Since then it has become a worldwide emblem of pride and LGBTQI+ friendly areas. The red in the flag symbolises life, while orange signifies healing, yellow is for sunlight, green represents nature, blue stands for harmony and violet signifies spirit.
City of Sydney is proud to show support for its many LGBTQI+ residents, workers and visitors. As a government partner of Sydney's Mardi Gras Festival, the City will fly the rainbow flag above Sydney Town Hall throughout the 2020 Festival from Friday 14 February until Sunday 1 March.
A series of creative cultural arts events featuring local, interstate, and international First Nations qweer artists, thinkers, and communities.
KEEP ON KIKI’ING ON! We all have an appetite for a long and hard KiKi session especially when there are Speedos involved! Thankfully, some things don’t shrink when they get wet and our poolside crowd of super-hot fellas proves it. Get them moist and see just what we mean as this iconic party unfurls high above the city in the most glamorous of settings. As our sensational DJ talent spins the decks with flawless perfection, KiKi beckons you to werk the dancefloor with your favourite party peeps, both legendary and new. For those in cruising mode, why not chill out in a cabana with a cocktail in hand while the Ibiza inspired tunes and seductive sunset eases you into a night to remember
Worship. A moment of transcendence: a moment of reflection on culture, on history, on identity, on community.
This Valentine’s day Worship is thrilled to return to The Red Rattler for a special Mardi Gras love-in. The night begins with a curated line up of Sydney’s hottest emerging performers in a multifaceted cabaret experience hosted by the droll but delightful Tammy.
Scarlett So Hung-Son
DJ Matt Jay (from Fur Coat Club)
At the culmination of these performances we will pack the dance floor for a truly queer form of worship - feeling the power found on a dance floor packed with like minded souls, with Sydney's own Matt Jay returning to town and Worship’s Dyan Tai on music duties, Worship MG is guaranteed to become legend.
Doors open 7:30pm, shows start at 8pm.
The White Party, starring Alyssa Edwards (RuPaul’s Drag Race) in her Supreme Show with Superstar DJs across 3 levels of the best club in Australia.
The White Party is a huge dance party held at Australia’s biggest superclub on the harbour, Home. Expect mind-blowing production and a sea of thousands of the hottest gays & gals, a feature length show by Alyssa Edwards of RuPaul’s Drag Race with her dancers hosted by Karen From Finance.
Sydney! Are you ready for one HOT SIZZLING NIGHT full of sexy gyrating men on the dance floor dressed in their best swimwear, footywear, underwear, jockstrap or butt-less briefs? With the success of Sydney’s BIGGEST annual UNDERWEAR PARTY in 2019, our 2020 party is going to go off just as big, as Underwear Party presents: SUCK IT.
PERVERT makes its Australian debut with a night time closing party at super club HOME, featuring international guest producer DJ Alex Acosta (Mexico) and Matinee’s newest all-star DJ GSP (Greece). Join 1000s of party-goes from across the globe and round your Mardi Gras off the only way you should. Expect nothing less than the biggest production, sexiest performers and dancers along with state of the art visual, lighting and so much more. We raised the bar last year with La Leche and we plan to take you even higher at PERVERT by bringing you the freshest world class DJs and blowing your mind at this infamous party.
Mega Malebox at Stonewall Hotel is Sydney’s hottest pick up night and is heating up during the Mardi Gras festival. Held over three floors and four bars, this is a night not to be missed featuring DJs Shanie D Sydney, DJ Dom De Sousa, DJ Ryan John and DJ Tom Pritchard, and shows starring Sydney’s hottest male dancers. Join Your Hostess Marilyn Mootrub and Maleman Luca. Malebox at Stonewall started 22 years ago and continues to be the biggest Wednesday night on the strip.
Celebrate Mardi Gras in true style and sail the harbour pink to celebrate all that is Sydney!
The party starts at the Opera House jetty, then as the hot summer sun slowly melts over the Harbour Bridge, enjoy four full hours of canapés (included in your ticket price) and ice cold drinks served from our “pay as you go” bars (including one free drink on arrival), accompanied by our awesome party tunes and chilled beats spun live by our Planetdwellers DJ. The famous Sydney skyline will come alive with light and our performances kick off inside as the party continues all the way back to the Opera House.
Starting life in 2008, Extra Dirty is one of Sydney’s hallmark events bringing a dark and dirty sound to Sydney’s gay underground.
Cult DJs, both international and local talent, unite a diverse crowd with every raw and sexy beat connecting the packed dance floor. Of course, the music is just one half of the equation. The real driving force behind Extra Dirty is the extraordinary community filling the dance floor. The crowd skews toward queer, gay, leather and fetish but can’t just be classified into one club culture or clique.
This is a place where all tribes are welcome, all bodies are celebrated, and all aesthetics have an equal claim to space.
It feels so GOOD to be BAD. Heartbreaker Sydney partners up with Lemons with a Twist to celebrate Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2020 with an exclusive LGBTQI+ dance party over two floors of the iconic Oxford Hotel.
Featuring an ALL FEMALE line of up of world renowned DJs, live vocalists and drag acts it’s the perfect way to celebrate with friends this Mardi Gras eve.
In 1998 Matthew Shepard, a first-year college student in Wyoming, was kidnapped, beaten and left to die. This brutal anti-gay hate crime inspired anguish and outrage. Nearly 20 years later it inspired composer Craig Hella Johnson to contemplate suffering, death and the flame of love and led him on a challenging creative journey. “In composing Considering Matthew Shepard,” he says, “I wanted to create, within a musical framework, a space for reflection, consideration and unity around his life and legacy.”
The result is a fusion-oratorio, stylistically eclectic music that moves between Lutheran hymnody, chant, blues, cowboy songs and Broadway as it captures the fullness of Matthew’s life and the legacy of his death. In the background are the Passion settings of JS Bach – offering musical comfort as their listeners reflect on a story of intense suffering. And Considering Matthew Shepard begins with Bach: the serene sounds of the first prelude from the Well-Tempered Clavier (the music that underpins Gounod’s Ave Maria).
Considering Matthew Shepard will be performed by Sydney Philharmonia Choirs' VOX choir – some of its members the same age as Matthew himself when he died – in a semi-staged presentation that reverberates with hope and serenity.
Candyland day party is definitely a favourite of the weekend as it serves up a party in a style almost too sweet to handle. Bump 'n' grind, shimmy, shake and flirt your booty off across our indoor and outdoor dance spaces. Get ready to unwrap our fine selection of talent starring international circuit royalty superstars DJ Aron (Israel) in his Australian debut, Dani Toro (Spain) and DJ Kingstone (Paris) and get lock-jawed as you gag over our special performing talent that’s pumped full of unnatural flavour and sexy additives. It’s the biggest and boldest party to be held at the glamorous outdoor club ivy, and it’s the only way to signoff an absolutely epic weekend.
This is the big one. This is a place that embraces more silliness than seriousness, where the only way is up, and where we never look back. It's a world of playtime in the daytime, of new friends and old, of dance moves and spirit fingers, where all voices become one.
This is our most wonderful time of year. A time to trip the light fantastic and unleash the rainbow inside all of us. This is our playground... of anthems past and present and signature production values that will leave you breathless.
Apollo is a visual and sensory overload for all gays, lesbians, queers, questioning and curious. It's time to dance. It's time to sing. Welcome to our world.